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04/02/2010 04:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Obama: 'It's Been a Week, Folks'

As is typical for me on Friday afternoon, my circuits are fried after filing my National Journal column (that will appear on Monday). So for today, I want to turn the poll analysis over to the President of the United States.

Yesterday, President Obama offered his own take on why polls on his health care reform act have not shifted in a positive direction since passage (a topic we have explored [here](http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/po_20100308_7485.php), [here](http://pollster.com/blogs/about_that_gallup_instant_poll.php) and [here](http://pollster.com/blogs/cbs_offers_a_hcr_panelback_sur.php)).

I've copied the relevant portion of the [official transcript](http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-health-insurance-reform-portland-maine) below, but whether you agree or disagree with Obama's argument, the transcript does little justice to the video (h/t [Andrew Sullivan](http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/04/why-i-still-love-him.html)).

>But the thing is, though, you have to love some of the pundits in Washington. Every single day since I signed the reform law, there's been another poll or headline that said "Nation still divided on health care reform. Polls haven't changed yet." Well, yeah. It just happened last week. (Laughter and applause.) It's only been a week. (Applause.)

>Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm? (Laughter.) You planted some seeds, and they came out the next day, and they looked, and nothing's happened! (Laughter and applause.) There's no crop! We're going to starve! Oh, no! (Applause.) It's a disaster! (Laughter.)

>It's been a week, folks. (Laughter.) So before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought. (Applause.)